Wildlife of The Colorado Rockies

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Wildlife of The Colorado Rockies
Created On: Jan 17, 2007
Last Edited On: Jun 10, 2008

"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."- Hippocrates

Please share your images of wild animals, both big and small that you have encountered while hiking and climbing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Gibbs GoatGibbs Goat photo by John Kirk

The following are some basic principles of wildlife watching and wildlife photography to follow:

• Never approach an animal too closely. Each species has different tolerance levels for interaction with humans. In areas where hunting is not allowed, the animals will generally be much more tolarant of close encounters with humans.

• As you watch animals, look for signs of agitation, aggressive behavior, warning calls or distraction techniques. If you see such signs, you're too close, back away slowly and quietly. Respect their space.

• If you come upon a young animal or eggs, do not touch them! The parent may reject the baby if it smells human odors on its young or in the nest.

Never feed or bait wildlife to lure them closer.
Many people feed wildlife as a form of entertainment. Feeding the wrong diet to a baby animal even for a day or two can permanently damage developing muscles, bones and tissues, making survival impossible. Even feeding supposedly “healthy” food is harmful because it alters the animal's foraging patterns and can cause overpopulation which ultimately will lead to starvation.

Wildlife watching can be an exciting, lifelong pastime. If you follow these guidelines you will help the wildlife to remain wild for many future generations to enjoy!
goats on Mt. Evans at 13,900...Goats on Mt. Evans, photo by goldenco

External Links

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) is a state animal of Colorado.

Migratory Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melancorys Stejneger) is a state bird of Colorado.

The Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly (Hypaurotis crysalus) is the official state insect.

List of Threatened and Endangered Species



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Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 27, 2007 2:49 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Album

Thank you. As a wildlife lover I'm happy that you enjoy this album. I like your Hummer and Young fellas photos you posted today. I hope you post more. Cheers.


dswink - Oct 27, 2007 3:11 am - Voted 10/10

Fabulous animal pics!

Incredible pictures. It must take so much skill and patience to get photos like these. Thanks.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 27, 2007 3:27 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fabulous animal pics!

Thanks for your visit. Come back soon ;)


Asphazell - Jan 1, 2008 5:23 am - Voted 10/10

Great Balls of Fur!

I love this page! Thanks for putting it up. I will try to share some shots soon, if that is ok =)

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jan 1, 2008 3:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Balls of Fur!

Thanks Asphazell. Sure, it's more than ok ;) I look forward to your pics.

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